About Florida’s Silver Alert Plan
Florida’s elderly population is growing and our state is committed to putting in place tools and technologies to ensure their safety and protection. The Silver Alert is a standardized and coordinated law enforcement and state agency response to share information with the public to improve the chances of a safe recovery.
What are the criteria?
1. The missing person must be 60 years or older and there must be a clear indication that the individual has an irreversible deterioration of intellectual faculties (i.e., dementia). This must be verified by law enforcement or; under extraordinary circumstances when a person age 18 to 59 has irreversible deterioration of intellectual faculties and law enforcement has determined the missing person lacks the capacity to consent, and that the use of dynamic message signs may be the only possible way to rescue the missing person;
2. The law enforcement agency’s investigation must conclude that the disappearance poses a credible threat to the person’s welfare and safety;
3. If a vehicle is involved and the statewide messaging system is requested, there must be a description of the vehicle, and a tag number to display on the Florida Department of Transportation dynamic message signs; and
- Local law enforcement must verify vehicle and tag information;
- The law enforcement agency must have entered the missing person into the Florida Crime Information Center and issued a statewide BOLO (Be on the Look Out) to other law enforcement/911 centers;
4. Local law enforcement has already activated a local or regional Alert by contacting media outlets in theirs and/or surrounding jurisdictions.
If you have a loved one missing you should contact your local law enforcement agency immediately. Only a law enforcement agency may activate a Silver Alert. Local law enforcement will take a report, issue a Silver Alert if the criteria are met and in turn, will notify the FDLE if the person is driving a vehicle.
Source: Florida’s Silver Alert Plan – Frequently Asked Questions http://www.fdle.state.fl.us Florida Department of Law Enforcement